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Green Flash Palate Wrecker - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,387
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 144
Gots: 282 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate Hamilton's Second Anniversary

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 10-04-2008)
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Stinger80OH, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Chugs13, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

A: Clear copper color with a huge 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves massive lacing down the glass with each sip.

S: Big citrus and pine hops, orange peel, caramel malt and a lot of hop resin.

T: Tons of hops here. A big growing pine hop bite with a lingering bitterness throughout. A slight hint of biscuity malt in the background, but the balance is definitely not quite there. Finish leaves some dry and bitter aspirin flavors on the tongue, which I wasn't crazy about. A hop monster, but the flavors are a tad off. A good DIPA, but not fantastic.

notchucknorris, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of arizcards
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Picked up a 12 oz bottle from Total Wine in late March for $2.99.

Beer poured a nice clear copper color with a near perfect white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wonderful. Citrus hops are extremely aromatic up front and lasting long as i sip away.

Taste is true to the style. Caramel and crystal malts form a nice backbone that is overwhelmed by intense grapefruit. Pine resin finishes strong and leaves a resin slick behind in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall this is a very solid brew. The flavors are clean and well defined. Glad i could try it and will look for it in the future.

arizcards, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A- Pours a dark golden amber color with a off white head. Head has good retention and leaves some solid lacing.

S- A pretty strong smell here. Quite a bit of tropical fruits and pine leading the way. Pretty much a hop bomb and I'm not really picking up any malts.

T - I'm digging this one at the first sip. Quite a bit of hops here a lot of tropical fruits and pine. Not really picking up any malts.

M- Medium in body with a good amount of carbonation.

O- If you're a hop head this one's for you. I really enjoyed this one.

nrbw23, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a brilliant copper with a frothy one inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, resin, fresh cut grass, and catty hops form the aroma. Very tropical fruit-centric.

Flavor reveals slightly sweet caramel malt initially, with undertones of tropical fruit carrying into the fairly resiny and bitter finish. Pineapple juice and mango dominate the flavoring hops, with a hint of lime countering the malt sweetness.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with moderate carbonation and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

Nice tropical fruit notes. It's more bitter than most dipas. Unfortunately a little too bitter for my palate, but the flavoring hops were delicious.

barczar, Mar 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

whatname, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerLover99, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper orange with a medium pillowy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued - piney, resiny, dank hops with some sweet caramel malt and a little melon.

The flavor is a little caramel malt and fruit with a ton of resiny, piney, very bitter hops that linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a monster hop bomb. Tons of bitterness, but not a lot of good hop flavors.

Beaver13, Jun 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DonFrap, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

bigfnjoe, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of JayQue
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Really good West Coast DIPA. Pours a clear light copper color with a frothy white head that hangs around pretty good. A lot of filmy lacing on the glass as well as patches of thick lacing.

Aroma is pretty good as well....citrus and floral hops.

Outstanding taste and mouthfeel. Strong citrus hops presence and bitterness (mostly grapefruit), some balancing caramel malt. The bitterness is predominant but it is not the head shrinking Avery Maharajah or Founders Devil Dancer kind of bitterness.

There is a certain light pillowy nature to the mouthfeel kind of like RR Blind Pig. Crisp mouthfeel, plenty rich enough and no hint of the 9.50% alcohol. Goes down smooth. You can appreciate the bitterness without a grimace.

This is a DIPA worthy of revisiting many times. Would be deadly in a bomber unless you knew and respected the high abv.

JayQue, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

hoppymcgee, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Satchboogie, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

vermilcj, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

oglmcdgl, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

CoryR, May 04, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is orange in color with golden highlights. There is not much of an off-white head.

S - The smell seems to be a nice balance of citrus and caramel malt.

T - At first I get the caramel malt. Then comes a rush of citrus, and finally some taste bud crippling bitterness.

M - Medium

O - I don't think I have had a beer this bitter since Ruination.

buschbeer, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of dar482
4.2/5  rDev +1%

The beer comes in a golden orange color.

The aroma has floral, dankness, pine, orange, grapefruit, along with a sweet bready malt.

The beer comes strong and is aggressively bitter. There is lots of floral hops, a tinge of garlic flavor, but throughout the beer is very green and leafy, almost like used up tea leaves. It almost tastes of a cooked leafy vegetable. It's not a bright green flavor, but substantial and leafy. There's a dankness with a big bready malt that is not very sweet. The finish keeps going one with "greeness" and pine.

A well made beer that hides its alcohol quite well. Unlike a fruity West Coast style of DIPA, this plays on those green and pine hop flavors. Even if it's not one's preference, this is a great beer to have around.

dar482, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

jampics2, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours amber in color with large white head. Lacing lasts well throughout the session. Aroma is lightly malty, caramel, toasted grain, resiny/hoppy, and grapefruit with alcoholic notes. Moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter finish. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and moderately alcoholic. A very nice hoppy beer!

CuriousMonk, Apr 12, 2012
Green Flash Palate Wrecker from Green Flash Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,387 ratings.